Patellofemoral Pain (Runners knee)
What is Patellofemoral pain?
Common symptoms of PFP include pain with activities that load the patellofemoral joint such as running, climbing or descending stairs and squatting, as well as pain or stiffness (or both) on prolonged periods of flexion such as sitting for prolonged periods. The cause of patellofemoral problems can be multifactorial, including abnormal patellofemoral joint kinetics (such as patella mal-tracking) or anatomical anomalies, lower kinetic chain alterations, muscle dysfunction and training errors or overuse.
What can we do about it?
The principles of patellofemoral rehabilitation include managing any pain and swelling, muscle strengthening, enhancing soft tissue flexibility, neuromuscular control, enhancing patellofemoral biomechanics and finally gradually progressing back to activity.